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Mindful Eating Training Shouldn’t Be Like Cheap Sunglasses!

By Michelle May, M.D.

cheapsunglassesI spent twenty bucks on a cheap pair of sunglasses, rationalizing that if I lost them on vacation, it would be no big deal. When they broke on the first day, they suddenly became the most expensive sunglasses I’d ever owned at $20 per wear!

Why am I bringing this up?

I sometimes speak with health and wellness professionals who are excited about participating in an Am I Hungry? mindful eating training, but are concerned about the cost.

I acknowledge that our trainings are an investment, but I don’t apologize for that! I am absolutely confident in the value we provide. In turn, we deliver a high quality experience and the skills and tools you need to become confident in the value you will provide to the participants in your future Am I Hungry? programs!

Still, I feel that it is wise to weigh the potential benefits against the cost of an investment in order to make an informed choice, especially when your resources (money and time) are limited (whose isn’t?).

It’s important to carefully review the information packet for the training(s) you’re interested in. You’ll find all the details about the program you’ll learn to offer, everything that’s included, and answers to all your questions.

Still, people sometimes get stuck on the investment without thinking through what this qualification could do for their practice, or what it would cost them to try do it on their own – or worse yet, not do it at all!

I can’t help but wonder how much time, energy, money, and frustration they would expend trying to build a new program from the ground up, instead of having it packaged and handed to them! And, if they don’t give up along the way, how many years it would take before they’d see a return on that cost.

I know something about that… We developed our first program for seven years before we felt it was ready for sharing with other health professionals! I am also proud to say that our training programs have continued to evolve and improve based on our experiences of working with tens of thousands of participants over the last twenty years.

Our mission is to change the way the world thinks about eating so we are very generous with all of the resources we’ve created to do just that.

Sadly, some still won’t make the investment in mindful eating training, believing they already know what they need to know or questioning whether they’ll be able to follow through. It breaks my heart to think how many of their potential participants will miss out on the opportunity to work with a well-trained Am I Hungry? facilitator, coach, therapist, or instructor and will continue to chew up time, energy, money, and frustration caught in an endless eat-repent-repeat cycle!

Let’s face it. A high quality mindful eating training is an investment in your personal and professional development.

Of course, you might be able to find cheap trainings out there. But will you eventually come to realize that it turned out to be an expensive lesson instead?

 

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About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

One Comment

  1. Tracie says:

    The Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program completely changed my life. I have spend more money on “cheap” sunglasses than I can even count. I have done every single diet, get fit quick plan, exercise program, etc. I have even gone into the wellness industry as a professional to spend all my time learning how to control my nutrition, exercise, etc. However, as someone with an eating disorder in the past, and someone who has focused on food day in and out since the age of 13, the life saving moment for me has been when I found Mindful Eating. I went from stepping on the scale 5 times per day to not at all. I listen to what my body needs and when I do choose to have something that isn’t the perfect nutritional choice, I eat it mindfully and I know I am doing it. I’m not perfect but I am healthy and balanced now and I am so grateful I invested in sunglasses that were worth the cost of my life!

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